"AWS Directory Service is secure."
"Provides good performance and availability."
"The most valuable feature is that because it's all in the cloud, you don't need to manage the infrastructure."
"AWS handles everything on the backend requiring minimal legwork from our team. We only require a dedicated database administrator while depending on Amazon for RDS."
"AWS has eliminated the downtime we waste when our on-premises resources go down."
"We like the fact that it's got such great redundancy."
"The most valuable feature is the single sign-on, which allows any application that is SAML or OAuth compatible to use Azure as an identity provider for seamless sign-in."
"The scalability capabilities are quite high."
"The ability to see and control PCs and mobile devices is the most valuable. I can see where they are and how many we have. I can also see the age and retention of PCs."
"The most valuable feature is Identity and Access Management. As an IT administrator, this feature allows me to manage access for users and groups."
"The most valuable feature is the conditional access policies. This gives us the ability to restrict who can access which applications or the portal in specific ways."
"It is cloud based so it is always updated,"
"Conditional Access is a helpful feature because it allows us to provide better security for our users."
"As an end-user, the access to shared resources that I get from using this product is very helpful."
"We had a problem with the schema uploading and setting up the directory when we are migrating our users from on-premises to cloud infrastructure."
"The AWS Directory Service should be easier to integrate."
"AWS could improve the number of regions. Azure has passed them. The ned more consistency, as far as the Northeast is concerned."
"The solution lacks certain features."
"To get CloudWatch to monitor your memory and storage, you have to do some configuration within your server, which sometimes results in errors."
"Our only complaint is that you cannot integrate your Exchange server. Or, if you are planning to install an Exchange server on your Amazon EC2 instance, then you need to configure Active Directory on EC2 instance. We would like for this limitation to be lifted."
"Definitely, the price could be lower. When we moved from AWS to Azure, we started paying more."
"The scalability of the solution is good."
"The initial setup was complex."
"Transitioning to the cloud is very difficult. They need the training to make it easier."
"The visibility in the GUI is not good for management. There are a lot of improvements that could make it better. It should be more user-friendly overall. It is not user-friendly because everything keeps changing on the platform. I can understand it because I know the platform, am familiar with it, and use it every day. However, for a lot of clients, they don't use it every day or are not familiar with it, so it should be more user friendly."
"If somebody is using an IdP or an identity solution other than Active Directory, that's where you have to start jumping through some hoops... I don't think the solution is quite as third-party-centric as Okta or Auth0."
"The technical support can be confusing - if you're looking for something very specific, it can be hard to get the right answer or a solution."
"Azure Active Directory could improve by having an authentication service for laptops or desktop computers running Mac and Linux operating systems. They currently have authentication capabilities for Microsoft Windows. Having this capability would benefit people because in today's world everybody is working from the home environment."
AWS Directory Service lets you run Microsoft Active Directory (AD) as a managed service. AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also referred to as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is powered by Windows Server 2012 R2. When you select and launch this directory type, it is created as a highly available pair of domain controllers connected to your virtual private cloud (VPC). The domain controllers run in different Availability Zones in a region of your choice. Host monitoring and recovery, data replication, snapshots, and software updates are automatically configured and managed for you.
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra, is an enterprise identity service that provides single sign-on, multifactor authentication, and conditional access to guard against 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management service. This service helps your employees access external resources, such as Microsoft 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory also helps them access internal resources like apps on your corporate intranet network, along with any cloud apps developed for your own organization.
Azure AD is intended for:
AWS Directory Service is ranked 8th in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 6 reviews while Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is ranked 1st in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 97 reviews. AWS Directory Service is rated 8.4, while Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of AWS Directory Service writes "Extends AD identity and management capabilities to AWS resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) writes "With multi-factor authentication, we've seen a marked decrease in the number of threats we've seen come through". AWS Directory Service is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, Google Cloud Identity, ManageEngine ADManager Plus, SailPoint IdentityIQ and JumpCloud, whereas Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Okta Workforce Identity, Auth0, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. See our AWS Directory Service vs. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) report.
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